Please Note

After careful consideration the gardens and grounds at Herstmonceux Castle is closed until further notice.
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of people on-site and the wider community. By remaining closed we feel we are following government guidelines and safety for all.
Throughout this difficult time we will continue with our projects on-site including new play area and we will be undertaking virtual tours of the gardens and castle to share.
We will keep updating our website and social media pages which are linked just below this message, on the right hand side.
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Thank you for your understanding and please find NHS guidelines on Coronavirus below.

Shady Garden


A place of spring colour and cool refuge on a hot day

The elegant spring colour and fragrance of the shrubs give way to the dappled shade of the trees in summer in this secluded garden.

The predominant evergreen planting of rhododendrons and camellias make this garden vibrant in spring with a false acacia tree providing welcome summer shade. Continuing development of the planting in this garden will offer colour throughout the seasons.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Azaleas

Explore the Gardens & Grounds

Take a look at some of our other gardens before you visit and smell the flowers and see the views for yourself.

Explore Gardens & Grounds

Events run throughout the year for the whole family.


From outdoor theatre and indoor musicals, to garden parties and family fun, we have an event to suit everyone.

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Exclusive experiences to enjoy only at Herstmonceux Castle.


Add to your special day by pre booking a falconry experiences or a professional photographer to mark the occasion.

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